northern idaho guides and outfitters for whitetail deer hunts
Buckshot Outfitting offers an exceptional guided whitetail deer hunt. Northern Idaho consistently produces big whitetails, in fact, the Idaho state record typical was shot on our area in 1993. Through a combination of well-scouted tree stands, still hunts, rattling and the occasional drive, you should have a good opportunity to take the buck of your dreams home. The rifle season runs from October 10 to December 1, with the peak of the rut occurring in the third week of November. Bow season begins August 30 and ends September 30. The areas we hunt as well as the tactics we employ will be dictated by the progression of the rut.
Rifle Whitetail Bucks (Click to enlarge)
Archery Whitetail Bucks (Click to enlarge)
For more pictures from our Idaho whitetail hunts please visit the photo gallery.
During the early season archery hunts we focus primarily on bucks that are using low-lying hay fields. While not exactly "patternable," deer movement does tend to be much more predictable at this time of year. We spend 2-3 hours in the trees each morning and evening and either relax or relocate stands if necessary during mid-day. The thick cover here is well-suited to bowhunting and we're seeing and taking some top-notch bucks.
The November rifle season requires a different approach. By this time of year big whitetail bucks' movements are dictated almost entirely by the drive to pass on their genes. Mornings and evenings are still most productive, but with the rut in full swing activity can occur at any time of day and the longer a person can stick it out in a stand the better the odds of catching a lunker in a mistake. We use more pop-up blinds as an alternative to tree stands for the rifle hunts. Weather is the wild card for this hunt. If we get cold weather to increase daytime activity and/or snow to concentrate game then your biggest problem may be deciding which buck to shoot. On the other hand, if it's warm then the deer tend to stay nocturnal and just seeing one can be a challenge. We generally have snow and cold during November but there's certainly no guarantee of it. Nearly limitless security cover insures high survival rates of our bucks through hunting seasons.
All whitetail hunts are for 6 days. Early season archery hunts are $2500 for a 2x1 hunt or $3500 for a 1x1 hunt. Trophy rifle hunts during the November rut are $2500 for a 2x1 hunt or $3500 for a 1x1 hunt.
Contact Clint or Cherry for more information.